Alienware Loves QuakeCon
The Alienware booth always has a lot going on, including giveaways and mini tournaments. The company didn't have any new hardware to discuss this year, but it's always nice to see the boutique PC makers out in force at LAN events.
Plantronics: Top-Secret Products
Plantronics has been making gaming headsets for years, but it seems to be doubling down on this division as of late. There's a new headset coming next week (we can't talk about it yet), and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
In Win's H-Frame
In Win's H-Frame case debuted at CES, and was on display again at QuakeCon. The aluminum chassis features interesting hard drive bays, and it features plenty of room for any air- or water-cooled configuration you have in mind.
The BBQ Grill Mod
We made our way to the BYOC event, and the case mods did not disappoint. My favorite was this BBQ grill mod, complete with a monitor in the hood.
Eyefinity and 3D Vision Surround are great for gamers loaded with cash. But the bezels...oh, those pesky bezels. This guy took the panel and control board out of his Samsung monitors and bolted them on a custom mount. No bezels, no problem!
Level 10 In The Wild
This $850 Thermaltake Level 10 is a rare bird to see in the wild, especially with its custom paint job. The owner also built the small Batman case to his right.
The Smartest Man At QuakeCon
You can only eat so much pizza from Domino's before barfing, so swing by DuneCat's snack bar at B26! He even has his own Web-based inventory system.
The Heart of QuakeCon's BYOC
This is what makes QuakeCon tick. The backbone, provided by AT&T, connects QuakeCon to the outside world, and connects the gamers within to whatever games and servers they desire.
...And The Soul Of The BYOC
...and right next to the backbone? A Bawls and Captain Morgan slushie machine. Hilarious name aside, Bawls is the official energy drink of QuakeCon, and it goes down even smoother cut with some spiced rum.
Using a 52-Inch TV To Play Minecraft
You brought a 52-inch HDTV, and you're playing Minecraft on it? and it's not even full-screen? What a waste...